The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has condemned the violent attack on policemen and damage to operational vehicles which occurred on Thursday during the #Endsars protest in Delta State.
The IGP also confirmed that a police officer, identified as Corporal Etaga Stanley attached to ‘A’ Division, Ughelli, Delta State was attacked and killed during the protest.
Another officer, Sergeant Patrick Okuone also sustained serious bodily injury from a gunshot by the protesters, the Police boss confirmed in a statement on Friday which was signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba.
The statement added that an AK-47 rifle with 25 rounds of ammunition was also stolen from his men during the protest on Thursday.
While condoling with the families of the victims of the protest, IGP Adamu called for an end to the violence against security operatives and called on Nigerians to seek legitimate and peaceful ways of airing their grievances.
The statement reads: “The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has condemned the unprovoked and violent attack on policemen and damage to police operational vehicles and other assets by ENDSARS protesters in Ughelli, Delta State, on Thursday, 8th October, 2020. The incident which resulted in the unfortunate death of one Police officer, Corporal Etaga Stanley attached to ‘A’ Division, Ughelli, Delta State who was attacked and brutally murdered by the protesters also left another, Sergeant Patrick Okuone with serious body injury sustained from gunshot by the protesters. The protesters also carted away one (1) service AK47 rifle with breach no 56-2609008 and 25 rounds of live ammunition that was with the deceased at the time of the incident.
The IGP, who described the incident as cruel and unwarranted, has warned that the Force will no longer tolerate any attack on its personnel or any member of the law enforcement community by any individual or group protesting under any guise. The IGP notes that protest by citizens remain a legitimate means for airing their concerns and views. It must however be carried out with all sense of responsibility and within the confines of the law.
The IGP, while condoling the family and friends of the late Corporal Etaga Stanley who paid the supreme price in the service of our dear nation, equally commended the officers of the Delta State Police Command for exercising restraint in the face of the immoral and unjustified provocation.”
Meanwhile, the IGP has directed the Commissioner of Police, Delta State to carry out a discrete investigation into the unfortunate incident, root-out the perpetrators, and bring the killer protesters to book.
Naija News reports a series of protests have broken out in some cities across Nigeria against general police brutality and specifically, a demand is been made for the total ban on the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS).
Source: Naija News